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You do 'find something for somebody', but is 'find somebody something' equally correct English?

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More context, please. Do you mean as in I find you attractive, or I'll find you something to eat? – FumbleFingers Oct 30 '11 at 16:11
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Yes, it is correct English. You can say for example:

"Can you find me my bag?"


"Can you find my bag for me?"

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True so far as it goes, but I don't think many of us would say I'll find something to eat for you. – FumbleFingers Oct 30 '11 at 16:28
@FumbleFingers: Isn't this a different construction? It's verb-noun-to infinitive. The case in the question is verb-noun person-noun object. – Irene Oct 30 '11 at 19:13
I don't think so. To me, "something to eat" is primarily just a noun phrase - which grammatically is no different to "some supper", for example. I think it's largely a matter of how long that noun phrase is. How about switching to the "for" construction in I'll find you something tasty as opposed to I'll find you something that will tickle your palate? For my money, you can do it with the first, but with the second it seems a bit "iffy". – FumbleFingers Oct 30 '11 at 19:21

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